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Old October 27, 2011, 09:50 PM   #2301
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Black Talon, here is the workbench page on the website for the manufacturer (Penco):

http://www.pencoproducts.com/index.a...&pid=18#target

Note: I bought this used, off of Craigslist, for a very good price. "Used" in this case meant a few marks and scratches on top of the butcher block surface (as in, nothing important - will refinish it in a few years and it will look new). So my price was a big discount - I think it was $300, delivered and assembled.

I highly recommend this bench - sturdy, the power strip is great, the little shelf in the back is perfect. I also recommend the swivel/magnification lamp I got:

http://www.harborfreight.com/fluores...amp-66384.html

It's that rarest of things - an item that is exactly what I wanted. It provides great light of course, but it's perfect for reloading - I keep it just overhead near my press, which helps me do my QA powder check (Lee 4-hole turret, so you get both some efficiency and very high quality assurance by seeing each round as it goes through the various steps), and when I want to check a loaded round more closely to check for defects, I just pull down the lamp, flip up the cover, and peer through the magnifying lens for a closer look.

Depending on your workbench needs/uses, the bench could well be worth it at full price - it is very good and will never need to be replaced. My good fortune on Craigslist is just consistent with my luck buying most of my reloading equipment through CalGuns - altogether I have spent about 60% of new prices for a complete, 4-caliber set-up with gear that is either actually or close to new.
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Old November 3, 2011, 01:18 PM   #2302
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This is my son's and I reloding area. We really enjoy this hobby. After a good round of reloading we like to go shooting. My son really likes using the RCBS progressive while I like to reload "old school" one at a time. We reload almost all the handgun rounds espicially .44mag, .357, .40, .45, 9mm. Rifle we load .223, 30-30, 30-06 .308. Reloading really helps keep costs way down but then you like to shoot more!!
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Old November 3, 2011, 03:21 PM   #2303
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I borrowed this design for a portable workbench and adapted it to fit a small, rolling SS table that I have been using as my hamshack repair bench. If I need to do some work on an ailing radio I can simply unclamp the reloading bench from the cart and set it aside.

http://www.weaponscache.com/forum/am...ree-plans.html

I started out reloading for my M1911A1 Colt that I inherited from my Dad . I've since added dies for 30-06 and a recently acquired Remington 722 .222 to the collection. Reloading dovetails nicely with my amateur radio hobby. I can listen along to a radio net or to my friends chatting on 75 meters while I resize and deprime for a couple hours.

I really appreciate all the helpful ideas and info posted here. Thanks!

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Old November 3, 2011, 09:54 PM   #2304
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I'm in the process of buying a house in Arkansas so will need to sort out a new reloading area. The house I'm buying has a very large unfinished room above a double car garage with direct access from the main house without going outside (good when it's nasty out). The room has a large window at one end with two dormers on one side of the pitched roof. I'll be moving the workbench shown on page 87 to the new house and will probably add another bench with a bunch of shelves. I'm not sure how I'll set it up yet because I'd like to find a way to end up with a reloading room and a fourth bedroom. It should be a fun project though since I'll be starting with a clean slate.

Here's a photo (taken by current owner) of part of the space above the garage.

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Old November 3, 2011, 10:31 PM   #2305
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what part of AR are ya heading to
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Old November 3, 2011, 10:48 PM   #2306
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About 20 miles North East of Little Rock.
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Old November 3, 2011, 11:30 PM   #2307
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dang thought I might be getting a new neighbor
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Old November 9, 2011, 04:01 PM   #2308
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NRMA Reloading Bench, modified

I looked at several ideas and versions of different benches as folks have presented here. In the end, I used the free NRMA reloading bench plans as my bench choice. I used Oak ply for the "shelving" areas of the bench and made a two layer top. The bottom layer is just a solid sheet of oak ply. I then cut strips with 30 degree bevels on them, screwed these down, and put filler pieces in, except the three removable pieces on the front. I cut several "insert" pieces to fit into these three slots. My loading components are permanently mounted to these pieces and can be moved to or from any of the three slots, as they're all the same size. At the rear of the removable pieces I drilled a hole to fit a 1/4 x 20 tapered headed screw that threads through them in into a thread insert in the lower plywood layer of the bench top. This allows me to secure the inserts in place with the screw, but yet I can remove them to move them to a different position if I choose. As well I have enough blanks I can inserts to make a smooth/solid bench top if I choose.
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Old November 9, 2011, 05:40 PM   #2309
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That would put you somewhere in the Jacksonville area if I'm thinking correctly 1858.
Don't know if you've looked up any gun stores there yet or not, but Fort Thompsons is in North Little Rock near Sherwood right on 67/167. Shouldn't be too far from you.
Also Don's Weaponry is on Broadway in Little Rock. They're more expensive than Ft Thompsons, but they're cool guys to hang out and talk to. I buy powder and primers from them just to go in a shoot the bull.
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Old November 9, 2011, 09:22 PM   #2310
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Crewdog10, I just downloaded those plans. They definitely seem usable to me. I may build a couple of them, one for cleaning and one for reloading.

Interesting thing, though, I tried to go to reload-nrma.com and the site doesn't exist any more. It's just going to one of those fake search places.
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Old November 9, 2011, 10:30 PM   #2311
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Crew,
I've seen operating rooms taht weren't that clean....

Very nice!
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Old November 9, 2011, 11:20 PM   #2312
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Crew,
I've seen operating rooms taht weren't that clean....

Very nice!
Thanks nojoke. The pics were taken when I'd just completed the bench. Today a few months later, there's a bit more clutter on the top and several more rounds of bullets below. I do try to keep it cleaned up though. To date my setup hasn't failed me and I've not found any short comings of the benches design nor my modifications.
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Old November 9, 2011, 11:25 PM   #2313
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Crewdog10, I just downloaded those plans. They definitely seem usable to me. I may build a couple of them, one for cleaning and one for reloading.

Interesting thing, though, I tried to go to reload-nrma.com and the site doesn't exist any more. It's just going to one of those fake search places.
I'm not sure about two benches? I've found, thus far anyway, that this one does the trick. I tumble cases on the floor beside the bench. As for cleaning the weapons, I do that on top of the bench. I view it as an all around bench. Also that I can only do one operation at a time, so just use this one bench to do both. I hadn't paid much attention to the website for the plans. I think it was almost a year ago that I downloaded and saved the plans to my computer.
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Old November 10, 2011, 01:56 AM   #2314
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I like the way the inserts work. I may use this approach to mount power tools such as a belt sander or a scroll saw that I only use occasionally. I can make the inserts wider to accommodate the power tools and I could use more screws to secure the inserts to my bench where more torque is involved. An insert at each end of a tool such as a wood lathe could also be used. Tools can be put on a lower shelf when not needed to create a larger work surface by having bare inserts available to fill the empty spots.

I realize that this post is a bit off subject, but I think many of us do more than just reload.
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Old November 11, 2011, 02:05 PM   #2315
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Well I did a a liitle bit more upgrading. As always a work in progress. I went to an auction at a Municipal Liquor store that was closed. They had walls and walls full of shelving in the basement. I purchased one walls worth for $10. Here is where I put some of it.



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Old November 17, 2011, 04:49 PM   #2316
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My work in progress. I've still to move a bench to along the left side.

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Old November 19, 2011, 07:17 PM   #2317
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Recently finished dedicated reloading bench/area along the back wall w/raised concrete floor space. As needed, can lower the bench top and free up floor space for other projects. The bench top locks up solid and excellent for reloading work.
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Old November 19, 2011, 08:31 PM   #2318
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Working on it.

Just got the presses mounted up.012.jpg
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Old November 19, 2011, 11:27 PM   #2319
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Nice reloading stands. Did you have those made or off the shelf items? Very nice!
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Old November 20, 2011, 01:32 AM   #2320
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Welcome to THR, smokey1! Looks like you have a nice start using an innovative design.

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Old November 20, 2011, 08:33 AM   #2321
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I like those press stands too. Very nice.
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Old November 20, 2011, 08:51 AM   #2322
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Thank you, I welded the stands at home. The steel is courtesy of the local heavy duty fabrication shop scrap bin, too small for their use. Total investment was a can of Krylon, some nuts and bolts, and a few hours in the shop.
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Old November 20, 2011, 09:12 PM   #2323
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Just getting this started in our new home. The reloading room is 725 sq feet with central heat and air plus its part of the garage so it has heated floor.This bench will be 24' long.The other wall is 12' and I dont know what i'll do with the rest of the walls!
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Old November 20, 2011, 10:38 PM   #2324
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24 foot reloading bench? Damn there'd be room for all my gear AND my wife to lay down. Hmm... maybe time to remodel.
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Old November 23, 2011, 09:06 AM   #2325
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Runninshu: those stands are very impressive. I wish they were commercially available.
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